So the latest propaganda has come out of the Union recently. It concerns why we should not support binding arbitration. For the love of some form of higher being! Anyways, it’s 1:30 AM and I’m tired so I’ll just post it and come back in the morning. Cheers everyone.
Why CUPE says no to Binding Arbitration?
This offer is the university’s way of avoiding negotiating with us. Binding arbitration is
not a viable option because it does not resolve the issues. It imposes a solution on both
parties that seldom meets the goals of either one. The university’s call for binding
arbitration shows disrespect for the collective bargaining process and for the members
of CUPE 3903. It’s time for the university to stop playing public relations games and come back to the bargaining table with a proposal that will settle this strike.
And what is York’s real position?
In the not so distant past York U has strongly opposed binding
arbitration. In their own words…
“[B]inding arbitration risks handing over the future of the institution to a third party who
cannot possibly appreciate the subtleties and complexities of a university such as York.”*
“Arbitration is not a solution to the difficult issues that divide us. It effectively acknowledges
the incapacity of the parties to reach what is needed – a mutually agreed upon settlement –
and substitutes a decision that neither party owns.”*
“Arbitration, in effect, places the academic future of York in the hands of an individual who
has no continuing interest in, or commitment to, the University. The administration does not
consider this to be a responsible way of resolving the dispute.”*
York has the money…
According to the University’s 2008 Financial Reports…
“Operating revenues are running ahead of last year due to the impact of the increased
tuition rates… and the cash balance is very strong.”
And they’ll keep going up… in an economic downturn university enrolments tend to
go up as people lose their jobs and go back to school upgrade their skills for the
emerging knowledge-based economy.